I was very excited about the new book by JP Delaney as I was a fan of The Girl Before and Lie to Me. The Perfect Wife was very sci-fi and, unfortunately, was not a book that could keep my interest. I stopped reading after only a few chapters and could not find anything that kept me gripped to the story or even to a character. It seems as though the plot can easily be figured out but, being a seasoned reader of JP Delaney, I am sure nothing is what it seems. I would recommend for fans of sci-fi and psychological thrillers as this seems to combine the two.
DNF at 16%– I absolutely could not possibly read another page of this book. It took me three weeks of picking it up to read a chapter and finding more reason to delay reading more.
The main character is terrified of being in a major city like New York City and has to text her sister and her roommate when she has made it to destinations. Yet she is so city savvy that she is going to take on shy millionaire “geek” and teach him how to live in the tough city? Tristan is drop-dead gorgeous yet (OF COURSE) wears a bow tie and suspenders to a business dinner because we have to drill in the fact that he is a “geek”. It just seemed like the writing was so rushed that they took all of the brainstorms for a character and shoved it into the first two chapters in order to fill in a lack of a plot. I assume the ex-husband is supposed to be a villain character but instead he is also an over-the-top meathead. I also assume this is in order to contrast with “geek” Tristan to make him more perfect. It was excessive and I cannot force myself to go through any more of this so-called plot.
Please note: a physical ARC of this novel was generously provided by the publisher through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program-thank you for the opportunity!
Two friends separated geographically and by one friend being a new parent. They finally find time to connect via Skype. The conversation is awkward then interrupted by a waking child.
One friend is left waiting, the other struggling with pain to get to the now-wailing child.
One friend sees an intruder break-in but has no way of alerting the other friend.
What happens next?
Gripping, right? That’s not only the premise of the story but it is also the very first chapter in summation. I have to say: the first two chapters were very riveting! It felt like the plot was moving quickly and I kept being surprised. Then the resulting chapters I was either confused at the characters’ reactions or bored with the inner monologues and kept skimming. The inner ramblings of the narrating characters ended up being the downfall for the book for me. It showed that the characters are as awful internally as their actions have shown. Their secrets that they kept from one another appears to have been intended to contribute towards the idea that this book is a psychological thriller. However, in my opinion, it was just a boring novel about entitled suburban strife. However aversive the adult characters may have been, the children were redeeming in that they were adorable and pure. 2 stars: One for Nori and One for Rosie.
Back to the inner monologues: there were many diatribes in narration, mostly justifying how horribly they are treating the other characters, that I kept finding myself skimming. They were so lengthy at times that I was relieved when the chapter was finally over so I could put the book down for awhile. Or I would keep putting the book down because it was a series of the worst things that could happen to a character, happening to each character, more than once. I am not sure if the author was going with the idea that “bad things happen to good people” because these characters were not exactly great people. Which is drilled into the readers’ head repeatedly. Or maybe the author was trying to use catastrophic events to help build character. But at the point that I stopped, halfway through, that still did not appear to have happened. Instead, the characters all seem to be self-absorbed and blaming the other for one bad event or another.
There were so many bad things happening with each character that I stopped being surprised at any new element thrown in. OF COURSE! I kept screaming at my Kindle. OF COURSE the HR guy’s name is Toby, just like in The Office. OF COURSE they’re going to mention that his name is like the guy in The Office. OF COURSE Toby isn’t that great, no one in the book is. OF COURSE there’s a shady neighbor. OF COURSE the intruder is not who they originally thought. OF COURSE there are money issues involved. OF COURSE their life fell apart, everyone in this book is falling apart! You get the idea.
In conclusion: I would not recommend this book at all. I would especially not recommend it for younger than adult audiences. Lastly, I would not recommend this book for those who may be triggered or offended by: foul language, infidelity, intruders/break-ins, stalkers, addiction, marital strife, or arson.
Please note: an electronic ARC of this book was generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
DNF at 15%
This book is just not for me. I cannot relate to the main character and I found her to be self-centered with a complete disregard for others’ feelings or any consequences. So far it has only been told in Adele’s point-of-view but it is not an interesting one. She just goes from assessing who she can see herself having sex with on the train to being annoyed by her son’s general existence. It did not seem like the plot was going to be any more than a chronology of emotionless sexual partners.
I would not recommend this book for any reader but I would especially not recommend it for anyone who may be triggered or offended by: foul language, explicitly sexual scenarios, and infidelity.
Please note: an electronic ARC of this book was generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
DNF at 13%-the first 13% is just basically repeating the events that chased Rachel out of town so many times that it is either excessive filler or the reader is supposed to be forced to pity Rachel. Poor Rachel, her dad embezzled the town. Poor Rachel, she has the Scarlet Letter because she kissed her ex-boyfriend’s friend. Poor Rachel, she has to hide herself and sneak around town so they won’t come after her with pitchforks. It was redundant and irritating.
Furthermore, it already made it abundantly clear that Gavin, the one she shared the controversial kiss with, is famous, handsome, perfect, and will be the hero and Prince Charming. I cannot finish this book and I cannot imagine how it is the third book in a series.
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DNF at 20%-unrealistic and irritating. KC runs away from her upper-class family to avoid an arranged marriage and sets up her own bakery in a small town. This comes across as justified as her groom-to-be was painted as a misogynist snob. Brody is stuck in a marriage to a vicious woman who drains their bank accounts for fun. They accidentally run into each other (literally) and the spell was cast. They both can’t stop thinking about each other, dreaming about each other, and neither have ever felt this alive. Oh, the tragedy! To me, it all felt like a modernized regency romance where she is running away from her betrothed and miraculously into the arms of the rake/rogue/duke/earl (Brody who is miserably married in this case) that cannot marry/shouldn’t marry her for whatever reason.
Also, the dialogue was so cheesy to me that it was unrealistic. Someone you have only had a five minute conversation with comes into your work and asks you to define the relationship that you don’t have yet because you’ve only had a five minute conversation? And this is shortly after “accidentally” crashing the date you were on with someone else? How is this realistic? I have not read any books by Molly McAdams before but, based off of the writing in this book, I can’t say that I would be eager to read another one anytime soon.
Please note: A physical copy of this book was generously provided through the LibraryThing Early Reviewer’s program in exchange for an honest review.
It’s a question that many have been asked: If you could be told the exact date you will die, would you want to know? The 4 Gold siblings came across a fortune teller who offered this information right around a time where each of them discovered the fragility of life. Little did they know that finding out when they will die would affect the rest of their lives. Told in four parts, one part focusing on the life of each sibling, The Immortalists goes deep into the choices we make and their lasting effects.
DNF at 28%: Getting through Simon’s story took substantial effort and deflated any hope I had of finishing the rest of the book. It was fairly easy to tell the tone and style just through the first story alone. Dark and jagged. It is not for the optimistic, to say the least. Furthermore, it felt jagged in the sense that it feels like it was written with random ideas thrown in and then patched together instead of a smooth plot line. For example, Simon and his very serious boyfriend will be having a serious conversation and then, mid-conversation, Simon has his hands down his boyfriend’s pants. His boyfriend is even annoyed by this, as I was as the reader, as it seemed out of place and it happens often. It feels like the author wasn’t sure how the characters should handle conflict so she randomly threw in sexual moments that seem out of place. It basically lacked intimacy and fluidity. Along with that is that the story is so choppy that it is hard to feel connected to any of the characters. It felt like the author had a bunch of ideas that she came up with and threw them all in rather than catering the plot to the one or two great ideas. For example: Simon is the oldest, most responsible, supposed to take over the family business, yet runs off to San Francisco, becomes a dancer for a club named Purple (oooooooh what if we have the dancers paint themselves Purple to realllly blend it together?), yet also becomes a polished ballet dancer during the day with his miraculous talent that he only recently started training yet learns quickly and gets a part onstage.
For all of these reasons, I had to put the book down after Simon’s story and move on. I would not recommend this book, clearly. However, I would especially not recommend this book for those readers who may be offended or triggered by explicitly graphic sexual scenarios, foul language, broken families, grief, fortune-telling, death, STDs, runaway teens, or infidelity.
Please note: an electronic Advanced Reader Copy of this book was generously provided through Penguin’s First To Read program in exchange for an honest review.